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Jean Tourrilhes On Linux Wireless LAN 143

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mcleodnine writes "Jean Tourrilhes of the Linux Wireless LAN Howto project took some time to answer a few questions from members at LinuxQuestions.org. Among some of the more interesting commments was his pick of best and worst Open Source friendly vendors ('Some of those TI engineers even sent me e-mails criticising some features of the Wireless Extensions'), an opinion or two about the Next Big Thing in wireless (MIMO), and a poke in the eye for OS zealots of any religion."
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Jean Tourrilhes On Linux Wireless LAN

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  • by dannyelfman (717583) on Monday June 21, 2004 @12:22PM (#9486031)
    From the article:

    It's hard to describe those comics to non-french speakers, because the french-speaking comic culture is vastly more diverse, mainstream and serious than in other languages (either manga or US comics), and this precise type of comic has no equivalent.

    I don't think so. Nope, not one bit.

  • by DAldredge (2353) <SlashdotEmail@GMail.Com> on Monday June 21, 2004 @12:29PM (#9486098) Journal
    What is the best, least expensive wireless USB NIC for linux?
  • by rastakid (648791) on Monday June 21, 2004 @12:30PM (#9486110) Homepage Journal
    Just use whatever you want... ok?

    Agreed, as long as it is OpenBSD.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 21, 2004 @12:31PM (#9486112)


    He's not being arrogant.

    He's simply pointing out that like 100% of Manga consists of drawings of blue-haired, pumpkin-headed screamers with eyes the size of dinner plates, with very little variation.

    Sorry he insulted your porn, btw.

    Cheers,
    Bowie
  • by toupsie (88295) on Monday June 21, 2004 @12:38PM (#9486198) Homepage
    Agreed, as long as it is OpenBSD.

    haven't you heard? BSD is dying!!! I know, I read it on Slashdot.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 21, 2004 @12:46PM (#9486271)
    Something has to read the /etc/passwd file:

    acoward:x:500:500:Anonymous Coward:/home/acoward:/usr/bin/emacs
  • by bfg9000 (726447) on Monday June 21, 2004 @12:47PM (#9486274) Homepage Journal
    Just use whatever you want... ok?

    Agreed, as long as it is OpenBSD.

    ..on PPC.

  • by DrEldarion (114072) on Monday June 21, 2004 @12:48PM (#9486292)
    You forgot the tentacles and schoolgirl uniforms.
  • Once everyone finally accepts that the only true operating system is AmigaOS we can all move on and forget our petty differences;-)

    Now, where was I on this A1200...

  • by Eberlin (570874) on Monday June 21, 2004 @12:54PM (#9486345) Homepage
    About a year and a half ago, I bought me one of those linksys wireless cards for an older (400MHz PC) running RH7.3 or something like that. For the fun of it, I decided I'd ask the salesfolk at Best Buy whether it was compatible with Linux. The answer I got was that it would be difficult to find drivers for it, and that to save me the grief, he recommended I get a LAN-Bridge instead.

    I ignored the advice and bought the card anyway. (Of course I had done some research beforehand...enough to know it possibly worked, anyway) I got it running with the wlan-ng drivers.

    Later on when I had more money, I decided to get me a laptop. Again, did my homework to see what would and wouldn't work. Again, a trip to best buy encountered a tech/sales guy -- whom I asked the question "will it run Linux?" After spouting off a few acronyms of certifications he has, he proceeds to tell me that Bill Gates has bought Linux and that we won't even be talking about it a year from now (he's got about 2 months left of that year...better act fast!) Then if I wanted to run a linux server on a laptop (no I don't want to run a server...just a desktop -- 'um, same thing') -- that it would be really slow. The only hope I have of running it comfortably would be on an Alienware system.

    "So why don't you want to run XP?" "It's got a large system requirement, it has serious security issues, and overall I can't say I like it." "Have you looked into using XP Pro?" "Um, I already don't want to pay for the OS, you're recommending I pay MORE instead?" "Well, XP Pro isn't going to cost you that much more..." "Thank you for your time. I think I'm going to go home and rethink my strategy."

    Went home thinking "jackass" and proceeded to get a Dell...which I'm using to write this post...now on a machine running Mandrake 10CE...with all the functionality I need.

    Zealotry or ignorance? I'm not sure. To this day I smile whenever I go into a Best Buy -- thinking I should pick up a piece of hardware and ask whether it works with Linux just for the stories they may give me.

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